[PATCH v4 00/11] drivers: PL011: add ARM SBSA Generic UART support

Andre Przywara andre.przywara at arm.com
Tue May 12 07:14:44 PDT 2015

This is the fourth revision of the SBSA UART support series, now
based on the current tty-next branch.
Compared to v3 I addressed some comments Jakub had on v3 (thanks for
the review!). Also since some basic ACPI support for ARM64 is now
upstream, I include the necessary ACPI binding as a new patch 11
on top.

The ARM Server Base System Architecture[1] document describes a
generic UART which is a subset of the ARM PL011 UART.
It lacks DMA support, baud rate control and modem status line
control, among other things.
The idea is to move the UART initialization and setup into the
firmware (which does this job today already) and let the kernel just
use the UART for sending and receiving characters.

This patchset integrates support for this UART subset into the
existing PL011 driver - basically by refactoring some
functions and providing a new uart_ops structure for it. It also has
a separate probe function to be not dependent on AMBA/PrimeCell.
It provides a device tree and an ACPI binding.
Beside the obvious effect of code sharing reusing most of the PL011
code has the advantage of not introducing another serial device
prefix, so it can go with ttyAMA, which seems to be pretty common.
As changing the baudrate and other communication parameters is not
specified for the SBSA UART, any userland attempt will be denied by
the kernel. The device-tree provided fixed baud rate will be
reported, so stty for instance prints the right value.

This series is based on Greg's tty-next branch, a git repo can
be found at [2] (branch sbsa-uart/v4).

Patch 1/11 contains a bug fix which applies to the PL011 part also,
it should be considered regardless of the rest of the series.
According to Russell this is still racy, but still better than the
current solution.
Patch 2-7 refactor some PL011 functions by splitting them up into
smaller pieces, so that most of the code can be reused later by the
SBSA part.
Patch 8 and 9 introduce two new properties for the vendor structure,
this is for SBSA functionality which cannot be controlled by
separate uart_ops members only.
Patch 10 then finally drops in the SBSA specific code, by providing
a new uart_ops, vendor struct and probe function for it. Also the new
device tree binding is documented.
Patch 11 adds the necessary ACPI boilerplate.

For testing you should be able to take any hardware which has a PL011
and change the DT to use a "arm,sbsa-uart" compatible string and the
baud rate with the "current-speed" property.
Of course testing with a real SBSA Generic UART is welcomed - as well
as regression testing with any PL011 implementation.
I tested this on a FastModel, a Juno and a Midway machine, both in
PL011 and in (DT-emulated) SBSA mode.

v3 .. v4:
- fixed rebase artifact
- moved memory allocation out of pl011_allocate_port() function
  (and consequently renamed that to pl011_find_free_port)
- added ACPI driver binding

v2 .. v3:
- rebased on top of tty-next and Dave's latest PL011 rework
- fixed module build
- removed redundant =NULL members in sbsa_uart_ops

v1 .. v2:
- rebased on top of 4.0-rc1 and Dave's newest PL011 fix [3]
- added mandatory current-speed property and report that to userland


[1] ARM-DEN-0029 Server Base System Architecture, available (click-
    thru...) from http://infocenter.arm.com
[2] http://www.linux-arm.org/git?p=linux-ap.git
[3] http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/linux-arm-kernel/2015-March/327631.html

Andre Przywara (10):
  drivers: PL011: avoid potential unregister_driver call
  drivers: PL011: refactor pl011_startup()
  drivers: PL011: refactor pl011_shutdown()
  drivers: PL011: refactor pl011_set_termios()
  drivers: PL011: refactor pl011_probe()
  drivers: PL011: replace UART_MIS reading with _RIS & _IMSC
  drivers: PL011: move cts_event workaround into separate function
  drivers: PL011: allow avoiding UART enabling/disabling
  drivers: PL011: allow to supply fixed option string
  drivers: PL011: add support for the ARM SBSA generic UART

Graeme Gregory (1):
  drivers: PL011: add ACPI probing for SBSA UART

 .../devicetree/bindings/serial/arm_sbsa_uart.txt   |  10 +
 drivers/tty/serial/amba-pl011.c                    | 547 +++++++++++++++------
 2 files changed, 409 insertions(+), 148 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 Documentation/devicetree/bindings/serial/arm_sbsa_uart.txt


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